GOP calls on attorney general and FBI director to testify over Mar-a-Lago raid

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The GOP has called out FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to testify before Congress on the heels of the bureau’s and the DOJ’s actions related to the unprecedented raid on President Donald Trump’s private home in Mar-a-Lago.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, shared a letter addressed to the attorney general and signed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The letter was a scathing rebuke of the politicization of the justice department and the FBI’s leadership that also demanded accountability to the Judiciary Committee.

The full text of the letter from the GOP in Congress

“…The Department of Justice (DOJ) waited almost three weeks to offer a briefing,” the letter states. “Unfortunately, DOJ’s request made no mention of appearing before the Members of Congress who conduct primary Article 1 oversight over the DOJ and the FBI – namely, those on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.”

The letter made two major requests: the appearance and testimony of Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray in public hearings before the House Judiciary Committee and the provision of “all communications and documents requested by Republicans” regarding the raid on Mar-a-Lago.

The letter slammed the DOJ for “eroding public trust and confidence” and for declining to appear “before the relevant committees of jurisdiction.”

It continued: “The unprecedented nature of the FBI’s search of President Trump’s home and the broad public interest surrounding the raid require more than just a private briefing with the congressional and intelligence committee leadership. The Biden Administration cannot ignore its obligation to submit to public hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, which is charged with broad oversight of the operations and functions of the DOJ and the FBI.”

In early August, Trump’s home was raided by the FBI in a move that the 45th president called “prosecutorial misconduct” and “the weaponization of the Justice System” from radical left Democrats who “desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024…”

Over the past few weeks, President Trump’s legal team has traded proverbial blows with the DOJ over the legality of the FBI’s raid, as well as a request for a special master to oversee the documents seized during the bureau’s occupation of Mar-a-Lago.

The GOP’s letter to Garland asserted that a “cornerstone of our democracy is the equal application of the law,” and that “the American people deserve and demand better, and you can start to remedy these ills by appearing publicly and answering all questions from the congressional committees of jurisdiction, as well as the immediate production of all requests materials to Congress.”

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